In the small hours of Monday Aeroflot - Russian Airlines performed the first direct flight from Moscow to Tbilisi in six years and thereby resumed regular air traffic between the two capital cities.
A source at the Tbilisi international airport told Interfax, an Aeroflot SU1892 flight, an Airbus A320, touched down in Tbilisi at 3 a.m.. He said the plane would fly back at 4:20 a.m. and land in Moscow at 6:05 a.m. local time.
"Consistent with the schedule, Aeroflot will perform daily flights between Moscow and Tbilisi in the same time of the day," a representative of the airport information service said.
In his words, a round trip ticket costs 350 euro on the average but the Russian airline is selling tickets for average 230 euro in a promotional campaign, which ends on November 23.
The resumption of regular air traffic between Russia and Georgia was announced in the middle of September.
The interdepartmental commission clearing transporters to operate international passenger and cargo flights had permitted Aeroflot, VIM-Avia, Globus, S7 Airlines, Transaero, Ural Airlines and UTair to resume regular flights between the Georgian and Russian capital cities.
Two airlines from Georgia, Georgian Airways and flyVista Georgia, also expect to operate regular flights between Tbilisi and Moscow. They have filed their applications with the Georgian Civil Aviation Administration.
Regular air traffic between Russia and Georgia was disrupted in August 2008 because of the armed conflict in South Ossetia. Flights resumed in August 2010. At present, direct flights between Russia and Georgia are available in the charter regime between Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi. The flights are operated by Russia's S7 and Ural Airlines and Georgian Airways.
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